10 hidden gems on Hulu you should add to your watchlist


We’re back at it again, but this time Hulu is in the spotlight. These hidden gems will have you laughing, crying, or all of the above.

Ah, Hulu. The very wonderful site where I indulge in Bob’s Burgers and Brooklyn Nine-Nine when I shouldn’t be procrastinating. The same is true for the other amazing content that Hulu has to offer — especially the shows and movies that not many people know about.

Check out these 10 movies and TV shows that are guaranteed to find their way onto your watchlist:

1. Columbus

The amazingly talented, and very handsome, John Cho co-stars in this indie film with Haley Lu Richardson as a successful translator (Jin) who resides in Columbus, Indiana. While his father is in a coma, Jin meets a young woman (Casey) who cares for her addict mother while dreaming to one day become an architect. Both characters grow to care for one another and are just what the other needs when things become especially difficult. A definite must-see, Columbus touches the heart and leaves its audience wanting more.

2. My Mad Fat Diary

This British comedy-drama series centers on the life of 16-year-old Rae Earl,  who spent four months in a psychiatric hospital. She reconnects with her best friend Chloe who has no idea of Rae’s condition, believing that she was abroad. Struggling with mental health and body issues, Rae navigates her way through life as a teenager while simultaneously trying to keep her secret safe from Chloe and her friends.

3. Too Funny To Fail

With so many amazing comedians behind him, Dana Carvey expected his television show to last for decades. However, this was not the case. In this Hulu exclusive documentary, Dana Carvey dives into his past and reveals what caused the unfortunate downfall of his series The Dana Carvey Show, which lasted a record of two months before being taken off the air. Special guests on the show included Steve Carell and Stephen Colbert. While this may not be your typical go-to documentary, you’ll find it’s surprisingly interesting and hilarious.

4. Fixer Upper

Chip and Joanna Gaines are a married couple with a lot of talent. This HGTV show brings light to the saying “if it ain’t broke, it still needs fixing.” Going to different neighborhoods, this power couple helps others find their future home and turn it into their dream dwelling space. Rather than tossing this show into the category of home improvement, viewers will see that there is much more to the show. The couple is very sweet towards one another and often bring their kids along to help with their projects. It’s funny, adorable, and the end result is always breathtaking.

5. The Ramen Girl

The Ramen Girl tells the story of a recently heart-broken young woman (Abby) who lives in Japan and finds comfort in a small little ramen shop just across the street from her apartment. Wanting a new change of pace in her life, Abby enlists the help of the ramen shop owner to teach her how to make his delicious food. Not letting the language barrier stop them, Abby and her new teacher find a way to communicate through their love of food.

6. Selfie

This modern-day My Fair Lady tells the story of Eliza Dooley (Karen Gillan), a self-obsessed social media user, who gains the help of Henry Higgs, a successful marketer, to become better acquainted with the outside world. This show has humor, romance, and a touch of drama, which is the perfect combination in any show. Although the show was canceled back in 2014, it still remains one of the best series. And, because you can never have enough John Cho in your life, we recommend watching this gem for him.

7. Bride and Prejudice

Based on Jane Austen’s classic novel, Pride and Prejudice, this Bollywood film combines the classic story with upbeat music, dancing, and vibrant colors. From the director of Bend it Like Beckham, this wonderfully entertaining film reminds us that the journey of love is often times a rough one.

8. Travel Man

Hilarious British comedian Richard Ayoade takes to the skies in this travel show where he explores several different countries and brings along celebrity guests to join him on his journey. Guests include celebrities like Rebel Wilson, Paul Rudd, Chris O’Dowd, Greg Davies and more. We recommend this short series if you ever need a quick pick me up and a good laugh to get you through the day. Not only does this show provide humor, it also teaches us how to spend 48 hours in these different countries and make the most of such little time.

9. Sleepwalk With Me

The always brilliant and funny Mike Birbiglia stars in this movie based on his own life living with rapid eye movement sleep behavior disorder. Suffering from this condition that causes him to sleepwalk, Birbiglia provides an in-depth view of the ups and downs of his journey towards becoming a successful comedian despite such a challenging setback.

10. Fruits Basket

This adorable and comedic anime tells the story of a young girl named Tohru Honda, who recently lost her mother. Finding herself now living in a tent, Tohru meets Yuki and Shigure Sohma who live nearby and offer to let her stay with them, provided she helps with the cooking and cleaning. While under their care, Tohru soon finds out that the Sohma family has a deep, dark, secret: they can turn into the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac!

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With these 10 new hidden gems on your Hulu watchlist, you’re guaranteed to have entertainment to fill your day. Have you found any other hidden gems on Hulu? Let us know in the comments!